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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:02 am 
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I am looking for an option for making our small businees network more secure.

What are some good options?
a seperate security/firewall router of some kind. Or just a firewall program on the server when we have one?

Currently we are just running a shared LAN off a router and and a cable internet line.

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:14 am 
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My personal opinion (which means nothing) would be to go with a hardware solution for a firewall.

Just my humble opinion. Better to go hardware in a business environment than bog down servers with more software.


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Midnight8992 wrote:
My personal opinion (which means nothing) would be to go with a hardware solution for a firewall.

Just my humble opinion. Better to go hardware in a business environment than bog down servers with more software.


I agree with that as well...HW solutions are so reasonably priced nowadays.

I would probably actually run both...get a HW based solution and take the necessary precautions on the server side as well (maybe in the form of a FW)...and of couse on the server side, you'll have all the non-essential services turned off.


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 Post subject: Re: Network security
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:37 pm 
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maraco51 wrote:
I am looking for an option for making our small businees network more secure.

What are some good options?
a seperate security/firewall router of some kind. Or just a firewall program on the server when we have one?

Currently we are just running a shared LAN off a router and and a cable internet line.

Thanks in advance.


http://www.ipcop.org should suite all your needs. I've recommended it and set it up for small to medium businesses. With good anti-virus and e-mail administration you'll be as secure as you can be.

What is your current network like?


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definitely a good hardware firewall would be a good choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Network security
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 8:15 am 
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What is your current network like?

Currently It is just a shared network between 8 comps (mostly win2kpro machines) in a small business.
One computer is hosting the database currently. When we move to a new building I will convert it over to a server/client based network with windows server for more control to data access and software firewall protection for the network. However till then i need something for more protection between our cable internet modem and our router. Maxpc had given a good review about a security box in the last couple issues but i can't seem to find it.

I just recently started to work here and I inherited the network as my own. So I am trying to make it better.

I have been looking at things like a Sonicwall SOHO3 or TZ170
or a WatchGuard Firebox SOHO6

All i need is something that can cover our current setup going out to 2 switches across the office

after the move it would run between the cable modem and the server running windows server with a software firewall . From the server I would have a multi-port nic to go to the switches.


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Since this thread has been continued in a new thread here, I'm locking it.


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